Friday, October 20, 2017

Flower Drum Song in Boston, October 1958

A Broadway musical was based on C.Y. Lee’s
1957 novel, The Flower Drum Song. Before
the Broadway opening there was a tryout run at
at Boston’s Shubert Theater in October 1958.

Four-page program
October 1958

On Stage
October 27, 1958

Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein 2nd
Book by Oscar Hammerstein 2nd and Joseph Fields
Based on the novel by C.Y. Lee

Directed by Gene Kelly
Choreography by Carol Haney
Scenery Designed by Oliver Smith
Costumes Designed by Irene Sharaff
Lighting by Peggy Clark
Orchestrations by Robert Russell Bennett
Musical Director Salvatore Dell’isola
Dance Arrangements by Luther Henderson, Jr.

(In Order of Appearance)
Juanita Hall as Madam Liang
Rose Quong as Liu Ma
Patrick Adiarte as Wang San
Ed Kenney as Wang Ta
Keye Luke as Wang Chi Yang
Larry Storch as Sammy Fong
Conrad Yama as Dr. Li
Miyoshi Umeki as Mei-Li
Pat Suzuki as Linda Low
Harry Shaw Lowe as Mr. Lung the tailor
Jon Lee as Mr. Huan
Arabella Hong as Helen Chao
Peter Chan as Professor Cheng
Jack Suzuki as Frankie Wing
George Minami as Waiter
George Young as Mr. Poon
Chao Li as Dr. Lu Fong
Eileen Nakamura as Madam Fong
Harry Shaw Lowe as Old Man

Fumi Akimoto
Paula Chin
Helen Funai
Pat Griffith
Mary Huie
Marion Jim
Betty Kawamura
Baayork Lee
Wonci Lui
Jo Anne Miya
Denise Quan
Shawnee Smith
Maureen Tiongco

Jose Ahumada
Victor Duntiere
George Li
David Lober
Robert Lorca
George Minami
David Toguri
George Young

Linda and Yvonne Ribuca
Susan Lynn
Luis Robert Hernandez

(Page order has been rearranged.)

Illustration by Sam Norkin, October 26, 1958

(Next post on Friday: Flower Drum Song
in The Saturday Evening Post)

Friday, October 13, 2017

Jessica Yu, Filmmaker

“What a thrill. You know you’ve entered new territory
when you realize that your outfit cost more than your film.”
—Jessica Yu, March 24, 1997
Academy Awards Acceptance Speech Database

Directors Guild of America
Internet Movie Database

(Next post on Friday: Flower Drum Song in Boston, October 1958)

Friday, October 6, 2017

More Stories from the Pagan Pagoda

Leonhardt People’s Center in
The American Museum of Natural History,
New York City
May 23 and 24, 1992
Excerpts from a new monologue play
written and performed by Alvin Eng
(click image to enlarge)

(Next post on Friday: Jessica Yu, Filmmaker)

Friday, September 29, 2017

Letters to a Student Revolutionary

Pan Asian Repertory Theatre
May 7 to June 1, 1991
Playhouse 46 at St. Clement’s, New York City
Cast: Caryn Ann Chow, Karen Tsen Lee, Andrew Ingkavet, Keenan Shimizu, Christen Villamor, Mary Lum
Written by Elizabeth Wong
Directed by Ernest Abuba
(click image to enlarge)

(Next post on Friday: More Stories from the Pagan Pagoda)

Friday, September 22, 2017

Fairy Bones

Pan Asian Repertory Theatre
April 28–May 23, 1992
Playhouse 46 at St. Clement’s, New York City
Cast: Raul Aranas, Lucy Liu, Keenan Shimizu, Christen Villamor
Laurence Yep, playwright
Tina Chen, director
(click image to enlarge)

(Next post on Friday: Letters to a Student Revolutionary)

Friday, September 15, 2017

Yellow Fever

December 1–19, 1982
28th Street Playhouse, New York City
Cast: Donald Li, Carol Honda, James Jenner, Henry Yuk, Freda Foh Shen, Jeffrey Spolan, Ernest Abuba
By R.A. Shiomi; story co-conceived by Marc Hayashi
Directed by Raul Aranas
(click image to enlarge)

December 2, 1982
‘Yellow Fever’ by the Pan Asian Rep

June 24, 1983
Asian Troupe Moves ‘Yellow Fever’ Uptown

(Next post on Friday: Fairy Bones)

Friday, September 8, 2017

Jeanyee Wong, 1920-2017

July 22, 1920, San Francisco, California – February 21, 2017, New York, New York


Jeanyee Wong Blog, her parents’ marriage certificate, census records, and photographs from the Cooper Union yearbook, Cable

(Next post on Friday: Yellow Fever)